Creative Baby, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Creative Baby! is for babies from newborn to 12 months, with activities designed especially for babies who are not yet walking.
With each session themed around our exhibitions, this is a great way to introduce your baby to art galleries!
Join us to explore colour, texture, pattern and more, in hands-on and exciting ways.
We have step-free access and baby changing facilities and you could make a day of it with a trip to Saltwell Park or Gateshead Library and cafe, which are right next to us.
1pm - 2.30pm.
Wednesday 22 February
Wednesday 29 March
Wednesday 26 April
Wednesday 10 May
Wednesday 21 June
Wednesday 19 July
Wednesday 13 September
Wednesday 11 October
Wednesday 15 November
Wednesday 13 December
£5 per baby per session. Sessions must be booked separately each time.
We're making some exciting changes to Creative Baby! for 2017. There will now be two types of session available:
1. Creative Baby! Sensory play with exhibition tour
These sessions will begin with an informal spotlight tour, to introduce babies and their grown-ups to the artwork. There'll be interactive activities to enjoy together as we discover some of the Shipley's collection of art and design.
Each exhibition tour will focus on a different theme found in the artworks. This theme continues in the sensory play space, which you can explore for approximately an hour after the tour. Make your way around this relaxing, creative space at your own pace, enjoying dens, lights, textures, mirrors, music and more with your baby.
Please note, sessions with an exhibition tour have a maximum capacity of 18 babies.
2. Creative Baby! Sensory play
There's plenty to explore in this 90 minute session. Make your way around this relaxing, creative space at your own pace, enjoying dens, lights, textures, mirrors, music and more with your baby. The sensory play space is inspired by the artworks and is a bit different every time. It's in the main gallery, making it easy for you to explore the exhibitions with your baby while you're here.
Please note, sessions without an exhibition tour have a maximum capacity of 25 babies.
Each session offers lots of exciting opportunities for playing, learning and enjoying the gallery together.
All of the 2017 sessions are now available to book. All sessions run from 1pm - 2.30pm.
Sensory Play sessions (without exhibition tour) will take place on the following Wednesdays:
Sensory Play sessions with an Exhibition Tour will take place on the following Wednesdays:
22 February (shiny theme)
29 March (pattern theme)
Here's what parents say about Creative Baby!:
'This is undoubtedly the best baby session I've been to and I've been to a lot. Really lovely space; staff are great; and the added bonus of a bit of culture viewing the art.'
'Fab! The sensory area is the best we've been to!'
'The play area is fantastic and there is lots going on. My baby was never bored.'
'The gallery's very family friendly, and the babies really do notice the artwork - it's amazing!'
Advent Calendar Competition
This year we are bringing back our Advent Calendar Competition on our Facebook page! Each day from 1st - 24th December we will be running a task on the page and picking someone to win a prize bundle. With prizes from Our Little Globe, Stuck on You, Thermapen, Scentco UK, ToucanBox, HamaBeads, Orchard Toys, Pip Ahoy, Gotrovo and more, don't miss it!
If you are looking for ideas to keep the children busy throughout the Christmas holidays, or the kids want some ideas and inspiration for cards and gifts them take a look at our Winter KidsZone. Jam packed full of fun ideas that everyone can get involved in! Activities for indoors and out - some are messy, some are not! What are you waiting for?!?!